||[Mar. 29th, 2005|08:43 am]
Over the weekend Bandit started favoring his back leg and refused to use or put any weight on it. We thought it may be a pinched nerve or a pulled muscle, as we could stretch his legs out and he would be fine and walk somewhat normally for a few moments.
Mom took him to the vet yesterday and, among a plethora of genetic defects found while doing x-rays, it was determined that he had a luxated patella, an injury very common in small dog breeds. Kittsy had a luxated patella when she was a puppy and had the corrective surgery, and to see her today, you'd never know.
The problem we are facing is that if we opt to do the surgery, it's going to run us around $2000.00, and to be quite honest, at the moment, we just don't have that kind of money. Mom is taking him to a specialist to see what all can be done, but the financial worry is still there. It's not that we have a problem shelling out the cash, since he's part of the family, but it's just a matter of where to get it!
Mom is also looking at all the genetic defects that were discovered, and wondering if he is going to have a decent quality of life as he gets older. He's got issues with his spine, arthritis, displaced hips, and the risk that the other patella may luxate. She has found herself questioning whether just having him euthanized would be more humane.
I can't help but point out that our horse had many similar issues in her older life and had a wonderful quality of life. By the same standards that she is using, we should have had Jubilee put down shortly after we bought her, but instead we took care of her and made sure she never wanted for anything for the rest of her life. When she became too sore to ride, we sent her up to Phelan in the high desert to spend the remainder of her life running and playing with our friends foals. When her arthritis got so bad that she couldn't get up any longer and treatments were no longer working, we made the choice that it would be the most loving thing we could to to have her euthanized. We were blessed to have had her for the time we did, and I feel she was truly lucky that we found her when we did.
And yet, in the same token, I think Bandit deserves that chance too. He's only 4, and has shown no signs of any complications from these defects in the past. These issues have not stopped him from living a normal doggie life, and I honestly don't think that they will come into play, if they ever do, until later in his life. While a the surgery to fix his patella is going to be pricey, the thought of having him euthanized based on "what if" just seems sort of wrong to me.
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